débil
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débil(
deh
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beel
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (without strength)
a. weak
Mi hijo es de constitución más bien débil.My son has a rather weak constitution.
2. (recovering from an illness)
a. weak
Cuando salió del hospital todavía se encontraba muy débil.He was still feeling very weak when he left hospital.
b. feeble
La enfermedad la ha dejado muy débil.The illness has left her very feeble.
3. (lacking character)
a. weak
Su marido es muy débil de carácter.Her husband has a very weak character.
4. (not intense)
a. weak
En mi habitación la señal de wifi es muy débil.The wifi signal is very weak in my room.
b. dim (light)
La luz de la vela era débil.The light of the candle was dim.
c. faint (sound)
En la distancia, se escuchaba el débil sonido de unos pasos que se alejaban.The faint sound of footsteps moving away could be heard in the distance.
5. (finance)
a. weak (currency or economy)
Su moneda se ha devaluado y en estos momentos es muy débil.Its currency has fallen and is now very weak.
6. (unsound)
a. weak (argument or excuse)
Se sirven de la débil excusa del bien común para aplicar medidas draconianas.They use the weak excuse of the common good to apply draconian measures.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
7. (person)
a. weak-willed person
Es un débil y su mujer lo maneja a su antojo.He's a weak-willed person and his wife manipulates him as she likes.
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débil
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (persona; sin fuerzas)
a. weak
2. (condescendiente)
a. lax, lenient
de constitución débilprone to illness, sickly
débil de carácterof weak character
3. (voz, sonido)
a. faint
4. (luz)
a. dim
una débil mejoríaa slight improvement
una débil brisa movía la cortinasa slight breeze moved the curtains
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (general)
a. weak person
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débil
adjective
1 [+persona] (gen) weak; (extremadamente) feeble; (por mala salud o avanzada edad) frail
se encuentra un poco débil de salud his health is rather frail; he is in rather poor health
2 [+carácter] weak; [+esfuerzo] feeble; half-hearted
3 (poco intenso) [+voz, ruido] faint; [+luz] dim
es un débil mental he's a bit mentally deficient
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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Phrases with "débil"
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el rival más débil
the weaker rival
estoy débil
I'm weak
punto débil
weakness
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